Miami played Atlanta close all first half, but the second half saw the Hawks pull away to a double digit lead. Late in the game, the Heat closed the gap within one score, but mental mistakes and poor defense on pick and rolls doomed them. They Heat turned the ball over at a critical moment, and then gave up a few layups in the clutch.
They lost the game 110-104.
Josh Richardson and Dion Waiters led Miami with 26 and 23 points. But without Dragic, Whiteside and Winslow, the Heat were hurting. James Johnson also didn’t play, so the Heat were really short-handed in this game. And they may be for Wednesday in Boston as well.
The Hawks have the worst record in the NBA, yet they still had enough to make this depleted Heat team struggle to do things right. One bright spot for the Heat continues to be the play of Bam Adebayo. He’s showing really great promise as a energy role player, and depending on how he develops and his ceiling, maybe a starting caliber player (that’s up for debate). Either way, Adebayo’s hustle and defense are helping Miami.
Miami is back to .500 at 15-15 on the season and remains in the middle of the East standings.